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United Airlines glitch disrupts the massive geek migration to San Diego Comic-Con

For geeks, this was the worst possible time for flight disruptions.

 

Gavia Baker-Whitelaw

Internet Culture

Published Jul 8, 2015   Updated May 28, 2021, 9:58 am CDT

Every San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) must find its niche, and 2015’s is now officially the year when everyone freaked out over flight delays.

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For just over an hour on Wednesday morning—the prime travel time for serious SDCC attendees—United Airlines flights were grounded due to a “network connectivity issue.” More than 4,900 flights were disrupted, causing untold numbers of missed connections worldwide. And since some of those flights included people making their way to Comic-Con, nerd Twitter now has comprehensive coverage of the fallout.

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Happily, United’s computer problems cleared up after about an hour, although this was already too late for many people to catch their connecting flights.

It’s really just as well that as Comic-Con pros, most of these people have a great deal of practice with waiting in long lines of sweaty, impatient strangers. Next year’s Comic-Con plan? Get flying superpowers. 

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*First Published: Jul 8, 2015, 1:51 pm CDT